A world apart from God wanders into lawlessness, and lawlessness will ensure that man cannot unlock the treasure of love. The impetus of love was found in God’s engineering of not only the cosmos but man himself. If man doesn’t trust that he was created in God’s image, then the darkness around him will be the only image through which he defines himself.
Salvation ushers in a recognition of the John 3:16 love, and when Christians see others who reject the truth that’s in plain sight, it can sting. Once someone knows God’s love, they aren’t content to sit idle, because they understand the necessity of pollination.
On the other hand, there will be periods in our lives where we consistently depart from love. The causes for a lack of love can stretch from sea to shining sea, yet no matter the root, putting love on hiatus will leave a vacuum. The replacement for love is rejection, and once rejection is felt within, it will trigger fault lines in your interactions with others.
Believers know well that rejecting others will disintegrate a testimony in seconds. There’s an overflow of evil this world, and the celebration of immorality often has us gasping. We can catch ourselves gaping at the lawlessness, and what we digest will eventually be regurgitated upon others.
It’s crushing blow to know that my rejections of others and failures of love have added to the wounds of the world. That’s precisely why God’s mercy is so vital to Christians; we cannot become so consumed with the evil around us that we forget the Author of Life has immorality’s antidote.
Satan wants to distort our image of God’s goodness in any way he can, and if can get us to lose hope at the sight of people championing unrighteousness, he will take that opportunity every time. He may not know when the final hour comes for him, but he has spent thousands of years refining his methods of preying upon human vulnerability to sin.
Being consumed by the surrounding evil has a way of clearing ourselves of all our faults, and that’s a dangerous line to toe. We need grace as much as the atheist, and being aware of what we have been saved from keeps our love clear and complete. The enemy will raise up his own standard, so it’s paramount to cling to the standards of the Gospel in order to stand firm in the faith. David knew God’s standards and stayed anchored by these words…
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.”-Psalm 27:13
The saying goes to “meet the sinner where they’re at.” We aren’t called to meet sinners empty-handed either. We need it all: the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the spirit, and feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Be bold to tell the truth even at the risk of offense. The rich part about the Gospel is that the hard truth comes down to this, “All men are lost and they can only find life through Christ. Anything else is counterfeit.” The Gospel is the reality of God’s eternal love, so bring it to the sinner with joy you have been given. The Gospel is the antidote of love, so when you meet the sinner, it doesn’t have to be a duel replete with six-shooters. The Gospel is truth and the truth is that God loves all men; this love is so reverent that it demands submission to its Giver.
We show love by declaring the love we’ve found. It’s simple, direct, and yes, usually offensive. However, the Gospel all offends us at some point, because we are called out on our sins and we like to live in the delusion of perfection. Don’t sugarcoat God’s story of love to those you are witnessing to, because that’s cheap love. You can’t preach grace without repentance, nor display love without firm mercy and dignity.
In essence, we must learn to “love loving people” and master the trope of faith, hope, and love. These three that remain are all intertwined. We have faith to surrender our spirit to the Lord, and since He cannot be unfaithful, He will prove faithful by not only granting us salvation but also tangibly working in our lives through the Holy Spirit. Since God forever remains faithful, we have the hope that triumphs over every tragedy. If we have the faith and hope, we can find the strength to display the love of Christ in the same way He did for us. Thus, Love becomes the final battle for us all, and the battle is where love and rejection wage the war of Christ vs. the Counterfeiter (Satan).
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”-1 Corinthians 13:13
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. The great pursuit of his life is to live by the words he writes. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.